A Day In The Life - 15th August 1965: The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in New York.
The audience of 55,600 fans is the largest ever to attend a pop music concert up to that time. New York City authorities veto The Beatles’ planned arrival inside the stadium by helicopter, so a Wells Fargo armored truck transports them into the stadium and they run out onto the stage, located at second base. The Beatles play “Twist and Shout,” “She’s a Woman,” “I Feel Fine,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzie,” “Ticket to Ride”, “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Baby’s In Black,” “Act Naturally,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help!”, and “I’m Down.”
The concert is filmed by Sullivan Productions, in association with NEMS Enterprises and Subafilms, for a one-hour color television special, “The Beatles at Shea Stadium”, for the US market. The Beatles are also introduced by Ed Sullivan.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!
15 August: On this day in 1965, The Beatles became the first-ever rock band to perform a stadium show, with their record-setting sell-out show at New York City’s Shea Stadium.
Photos: Robert Whitaker, New York Daily News
"Shea Stadium was so close to LaGuardia Airport and the planes would fly right over it. It was either final approach or taking off, but they would fly right over the stadium. And the noise level was so huge that you could not hear the jets. I mean you could see the jets flying over, but the noise of all these girls screaming and yelling drowned out the noise of the jets." - Marc Catone, The Beatles At Shea Stadium
"The stadium vibrated - the whole place. You didn’t hear the music, so I don’t remember them playing. All you heard was screaming." - Joyce Kaufman, The Beatles At Shea Stadium
"It was hysteria. It was just unbelievable to see it all. People fainted all the way up to my tier." - Judith Goodspeed, The Beatles At Shea Stadium
"There were so many people screaming and yelling and fainting. I saw stretchers coming out all over the place. When we left there were people fainting all over the place. We had people fainting every minute." - Peter Bennett, The Beatles At Shea Stadium
"The screams were solid. Like a wall. It was frightening. Cops were all over the field. Kids made a run for the Beatles and were stopped repeatedly by the police." - Scott Ross, The Beatles At Shea Stadium
"It was terrifying at first when we saw the crowd. But I don’t think I have ever felt so exhilarated in my life. It was unbelievable that so many people wanted to see us. Even though we are used to big crowds, this surprised us." - George Harrison, NME, 20 August 1965
"It would have been better still if we could have heard what we were playing. I wasn’t sure what key I was in in two numbers. It was ridiculous!" - John Lennon, NME, 20 August 1965
"Fantastic! Wonder if we’ll ever be able to do it again?" - Paul McCartney, NME, 20 August 1965
"Screaming had just become the thing to do. We didn’t say, ‘OK, don’t forget, at this concert - everybody scream!’ Everybody just screamed." - Ringo Starr, The Beatles Anthology
View The Beatles’ full performance via DailyMotion (user: Helen) here.
if he only were hot…or a good guy …but he also has such a beautiful voice!!! he is an altogether package rare to find…. Mr Morten Harket
45 years ago today in Beatles history:
↳ All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.
A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.
The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. 8 August was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.
Shortly after the shoot, McCartney studied the transparencies and chose the fifth one for the album cover. It was the only one when all four Beatles were walking in time. It also satisfied The Beatles’ desire for the world to see them walking away from the studios they had spent so much of the last seven years inside.
Macmillan also took a photograph of a nearby tiled street sign for the back cover. The sign has since been replaced, but was situated at the corner of Abbey Road and Alexandra Road. The junction no longer exists; the road was later replaced by the Abbey Road housing estate, between Boundary Road and Belsize Road.
long hair-short hair….wich you prefer???….all styles… just adorable….
Imagine Magne giving you a tight, loving hug
"I love you so much. I’m happy we met."
Submitted by anonymous
Every time I watch Arena I make sure not to miss these parts because damn!
ohhh John !